HOLIDAY WEEKEND EDITION: Hanoi Jane is holding climate
protests every Friday in DC to honor that little Swedish twit Greta
Thumberg, the 16 year old with all the answers...
How to Use a Spectrum Analyzer
Spectrum analysers are a key form of test isntrument for RF
designers and radio amateurs. Unlike an oscilloscope that displays
amplitude against time, spectrum analyzers display amplitude against
frequency giving a plot of the signals in the frequency domain.
Looking at the control panel of a spectrum analyzer, there are
very many different controls to use and this may appear daunting to
some. Analogue spectrum analyzers often had controls that needed to
be used in conjunction with each other. Fortunately, today, the
digitally based spectrum analyzers are processor controlled and
these controls are linked to provide the optimum selection, making
the use of spectrum analyzers much easier. They also have a variety
of pre-installed routines that can make some tests very much easier.
Find out all about how to use a spectrum analyzer - including a
video showing the use of the various controls and their use on this
The Doctor Will See You Now!
“Antenna EnTRAPment! All about
Traps” is the topic of the new (October 10) episode of the
The Doctor is In podcast. Listen...and learn!
Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an
informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your
computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and wherever you
Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve
Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will
discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also email
your questions to
firstname.lastname@example.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a
Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on
Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast
app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also
listen online at
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(free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and
through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android
devices. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download
Foundations of Amateur Radio
As you might know I enjoy doing contests, actually that's an
understatement; I LOVE doing contests. I think that they represent
an excellent way to learn about operating procedure, propagation,
band selection, antenna direction, callsign recognition and dealing
with adverse operating environments. In short, I think that
contesting teaches you lots about amateur radio in a very short
That said, doing a contest, or learning from a contest is
challenging and for a new amateur it can be absolutely daunting.
If you have the luxury of a club station, you're familiar with
the following picture.
Bunch of people sitting around in the shack, one person operating
the radio. If the operator has their headset on, the conversation in
the shack will be about life the universe and everything. If the
operator isn't wearing a headset, the conversation in the shack will
also be about life the universe and everything with the radio
blaring in the background and the operator initially asking people
to keep quiet so they could discern that elusive DX station,
frustration growing with every contact.
Being at your own station might not be much different. Replace
shack with home and the people in the shack with your family and you
get the picture.
If you step into that environment as a new amateur you'll get a
sense of camaraderie, but little in the way of contesting knowledge.
If you're lucky you might have someone point out what's happening,
but quickly the conversation is likely to turn to other topics. It's
hard to participate when you can only hear half the conversation.
Recently I did another contest. As I said, I love them, so why
not? I invited two new amateurs to the party. They arrived
separately at different times and had vastly different experiences.
My first guest got to see the back of my head whilst I called "CQ
Contest VK6FLAB", followed by "NK8O, you are 59020", then "104, CQ
My second guest got to hear the whole contact.
"CQ Contest VK6FLAB", "NK8O" "NK8O, you are 59020", "VK6FLAB you
are 59104" "104, CQ Contest VK6FLAB".
In both cases I was wearing a headset, but in the case of my
second guest I'd finally achieved something that I'd been aching to
achieve for years. I managed to combine the best of both worlds. The
radio audible in the shack and the operator wearing a headset, at
the same time.
My intent has always been to get this to work, but radio after
radio, configuration after configuration, shack after shack, this
seemed to be a doomed attempt at getting my fellow amateurs to
understand why this was important and how we might implement this.
One of the radios in the past had a Headphones plus Speaker option,
but it wasn't ideal and as I recall, it handled sub-receivers
poorly, not to mention the menu shenanigans required to actually
make it work. The current radio in the club-shack is typical of
radios today. Headphones or Speakers, not both. This radio has an
Ethernet port, so there was talk of using Voice over IP and
extracting it to multiple destinations. This conversation went on
for a while.
I then hit on the idea of using computer speakers, tweaking them
by clipping the wire that mutes the speaker when you insert
In the end, the solution was much nicer, much simpler and easy to
implement for any radio with a headphone socket. I confess that I
cannot believe it was this simple, but it was.
Get yourself a Y-adaptor. It's basically a headphone splitter.
You can get them almost anywhere, supermarket, petrol station,
electronics store, anywhere that sells mobile phone accessories to
teenagers who want to share their music with their friends.
Plug the Y-adaptor plug into the radio headphone socket. Plug
your headphone into one of the Y-adaptor sockets and plug some
powered computer speakers into the other Y-adaptor socket. Set the
volume on the radio for your headset as needed and adjust the
computer speaker volume as required.
End result is an operator who can hear the contact and a shack
that can teach a new amateur about what's going on.
Feedback from guest number two - this changed everything and he
learnt a great deal after that.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2189
TOKELAU ISLAND DXPEDITION GOES QRT EARLY
JIM/ANCHOR: In our top story this week, the pileups ended earlier
than expected for the Tokelau Island DXpedition. Jim Meachen ZL2BHF
has the details.
JIM M: The Tokelau Island DXPedition has cut its stay short after 7
days of operations on the island, logging an estimated 50,000 QSOs.
The ZK3A team reported in an October 8th Facebook post that they
were shutting down that same day -- going QRT a few days earlier
than their intended end date of October 11th. The Facebook post
noted that all the team members were well but because the boat was
returning earlier than planned to take an ailing person on the
island for assistance, the team opted to pack up early. According to
the team's posting, another boat would not have been by to retrieve
them for 10 more days. In an earlier post made on October 8th, the
team wrote of its thousands of successful contacts, noting that QSOs
had been made on CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and 6m EME. Slightly fewer than
a dozen contacts were also made on SSTV.
BUILDING OF ICONIC DAYTON BUSINESS IS SOLD
JIM/ANCHOR: If you've ever been to Hamvention, you probably visited
one huge business in Dayton that hams didn't want to miss - and now,
it seems they will. Phil Thomas W8RMJ has the details.
PHIL: Mendelsohns, located on East First Street in Dayton Ohio, has
been sold. A surplus reseller business encompassing an eight-story
building visited by amateur radio operators from all over the world
while attending Hamvention each May will be no more once a huge sale
of 50 percent of its contents is completed.
It was once said if you couldn't find it in Mendelsohns it could not
Mendelsohns carried everything from office equipment to restaurant
merchandise, electronic parts, computers, building supplies and much
much more. Believe it or not, the store even had an F-16 flight
Developer Crawford Hoying has purchased the Mendelsohn building
located at 340 East First Street which has 555,000 square feet
making it the largest redevelopment project currently in Dayton,
Ohio, It outrivals the massive redevelopment project currently
undergoing in the Dayton Arcade project in Dayton, Ohio.
Built in the 1920s, the Mendelsohn building once housed part of
General Motors' presence in Dayton, Ohio.
Sandy Mendelsohn, 74, is retiring but the Mendelsohn name is being
retained by the family. They still own a building on East Third and
Keowee Street and the family could possibly move the business to
NY AMATEUR FACING $17,000 PENALTY FROM FCC
JIM/ANCHOR: A New York City amateur radio operator charged with
interference has been ordered by the FCC to pay a hefty fine.
Heather Embee KB3TZD has that story.
HEATHER: The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has proposed a penalty of
$17,000 against a New York City radio amateur whose on-air
operations have spurred numerous complaints from hams alleging
interference. The bureau's announcement on October 3rd said that
Harold Guretzsky K6DPZ had been issued numerous warnings in writing
from the bureau and that the proposed penalty reflects his status as
a repeat offender. The bureau said the complaints charge him with
interference on a local repeater in Glen Oaks, a section of the New
York City borough of Queens. The bureau noted that on one occasion
in 2018 an agent from the FCC's New York Office was able to observe
him interfering on the repeater's input of 146.25 MHz and the
repeater's output on 146.850 MHz.
The bureau ordered him to pay the forfeiture in full or file a
written statement requesting its cancellation or reduction within no
more than 30 days of the date of the Notice of Apparent Liability.
The FCC website lists the Richmond Hill, Queens resident as having
an Extra Class license that is set to expire on July 3rd of 2020.
HAMS PREP FOR AUTUMN'S BIG SOTA QSO PARTY
JIM/ANCHOR: Don't expect poor band conditions and challenging
terrain to stand in the way of one special summit-to-summit QSO
Party. Ed Durrant DD5LP has been following that story.
ED: With just over a week to go, SOTA activators are checking their
gear and access routes to their chosen summit for the upcoming
Europe - Asia - Australasia Summit-to-Summit QSO party. This event
has become a regular over the last few years, occurring twice a
year, once in Spring and once in Autumn around the time that the
clocks are changed. The intention of the event is to get as many
activators in the three regions on summits as possible to try for
intercontinental summit to summit QSOs using battery powered
portable equipment and aerials.
This autumn's event is scheduled for Saturday the 19th of October
starting around 06:30 UTC. This year will be the most difficult so
with radio conditions being the worst they have been in years but
that doesn't put off these activators. They know there's a chance of
contacts if they are on the right band at the right time. While the
majority of QSOs will be on SSB or CW, there are also a few intrepid
operators trying out FT8 and other digital modes as well from their
COUNTDOWN TO JAMBOREE ON THE AIR
JIM/ANCHOR: Radio Scouts are ready for the countdown to Jamboree on
the Air. Bill Stearns NE4RD fills us in.
BILL: This week in radio scouting we're one week away from the
worlds largest scouting event, Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on
the Internet. From October 18th through the 20th, all modes all
bands is the travel free jamboree. This is not a contest, but an
opportunity for scouts from around the world to contact each other
through the Internet and the Amateur Radio bands.
While this is a scouting specific event, all amateurs are encouraged
to participate in any way they can. Scouts ultimately need to talk
with other scouts, but with our current up and down band conditions,
any contact will be appreciated. For those of you who have committed
to scouting for this special event, this is a great opportunity to
work with youth and show the best of Amateur Radio as a life long
hobby. For those of you providing contacts, it's also an opportunity
for you to share your Amateur Radio experience and any history you
have with Scouting.
You will hear the K2BSA callsign on the air portable from the
various call areas including: K2BSA/0 in Knob Noster, MO, K2BSA/1 in
Lenox, MA, K2BSA/2 in East Greenbush, NY, K2BSA/3 in Wilmington, DE,
K2BSA/4 in Brooksville, FL, K2BSA/5 in Lewisville, TX, K2BSA/6 in
Paso Robles, CA, K2BSA/8 in Wheeling, WV, K2BSA/9 in Milwaukee, WI,
and K2BSA/KP4 in San Juan, PR.
Whether you're one person or a hundred people, it is imperative that
you register your station. If you register and send in a report
following the event, you'll have an opportunity to win an ID-51A
Plus2 VHF/UHF D-STAR portable graciously provided by Icom America.
Get registered and be prepared!
For more information on this and radio scouting, please visit our
website at k2bsa.net.
For Amateur Radio Newsline and the K2BSA Amateur Radio Associ
QSOs AT PACIFICON FLY HIGH IN THE SKY
JIM/ANCHOR: The skydiving hams of Parachute Mobile are back for
their final jump of the season and Jack Parker W8ISH has those
JACK: When Pacificon, the ARRL's Pacific Division Convention comes
to town at California's San Ramon Marriott on October 19th, one
group of hams will be diving right into the action. Literally diving
- out of a plane over a nearby drop zone and into the sky. Team
member Rob Fenn KC6TYD said this will mark Mission 37, the last
mission of this year for the Parachute Mobile Hams. If you want to
try for a QSO with these airborne contacts, be listening locally on
146.430 MHz simplex. If you're out of town the hams will be making
contacts on EchoLink node NE6RD-L and on 20 meters at 14.250 MHz. Of
course conventioneers will get a first crack at the QSOs from the
GOTA station at the Marriott Hotel, which will also have an
information table about the skydiving team.
After that, the hams in the sky will be taking all calls from
anywhere. For more details, visit their website at parachutemobile
ATTRACTING YOUNG HAMS IN SWITZERLAND
JIM/ANCHOR: Some brainstorming is about to get underway in
Switzerland to explore ways to attract young amateurs. Ed Durrant
DD5LP has that report.
ED: Acknowledging a critical need in Switzerland for more young
amateur radio operators, the Swiss amateur radio society, the USKA,
is hosting a free symposium on October 19th to explore ways to
infuse the hobby with enthusiastic youngsters. The Union of Swiss
Shortwave Amateurs notes a slump in new young licensees in the past
two years and hope that participants in the symposium can brainstorm
and find ways to energize interest. For the past five years, the
radio society has maintained a training fund and even offered grants
for amateur radio education for youth. The society notes, however,
that last year only one new licensee younger than 25 joined the
The symposium will take place in Bern and is also the annual meeting
of the society's training coordinators.
NEW RULES FOR DUTCH SPECIAL EVENT CALLSIGNS
JIM/ANCHOR: There are new rules for Dutch hams who want special
event callsigns. Jeremy Boot G4NJH fills us in.
JEREMY: In the Netherlands, special event callsigns are getting a
new treatment as the result of changes that took effect on the 1st
October. The Netherlands Communications regulator announced that it
is extending the maximum period for which the callsigns are
effective from 28 days to not exceeding one year. The regulator is
also introducing faster means of requesting callsigns via its online
portal. For the rest of this year, applicants need to request them
at least three weeks before the event.
Starting on January 1st January 2020, however, the request can be
made through the portal up to one day before the competition or
event. These changes are updates to the Dutch telecom agency’s
revisions of January 2018.
A FINANCIAL BOOST FOR YLs IN AUSTRALIA
JIM/ANCHOR: In Australia, there's some financial assistance for YLs
looking to deepen their involvement in amateur radio, as we hear
from Robert Broomhead VK3DN.
ROBERT: If you're a YL in Australia looking to upgrade your license
to a Standard or Advanced level - or if you're hoping to
successfully pass your Foundation examination, the Australian Ladies
Amateur Radio Association may be able to offer a grant to assist you
with the costs. There are a limited number of grants available and
they cover half the assessment fees, plus half the cost of licence
fee for the new callsign. The grant includes a complimentary
one-year membership in ALARA, which was formed in 1975 to encourage
Australian women's participation in amateur radio. Membership has
since grown to more than 200.
ALARA's website notes that grants will be paid once a YL has
completed her qualification. Applications and documentation should
be sent to the ALARA secretary Jean VK5TSX once the licence is
SATELLITE PRIVILEGE EXTENDED FOR HAMS IN SPAIN
JIM/ANCHOR: Officials in Spain have extended amateurs' permission
for use of the QO-100 satellite. Jeremy Boot G4NJH has that report.
JEREMY: Amateur radio operators in Spain have been granted
permission to use 2400 MHz for contact with the geostationary
satellite Es'hail-2. The approval was given by the Secretary of
State for Digital Advance and is an extension of permission granted
last March that was to have expired on the 26th of September.
According to the URE, the national amateur radio society of Spain,
the extension grants permission through to the 26th of December
2020. The hams are restricted to a maximum EIRP of 1500 watts, using
directional antennas with a gain of not more than 22.5 dBi
The satellite, also known as QO-100, was launched in November 2018
from the Kennedy Space Center in the United States and carries the
world's first amateur radio transponders to be in a geostationary
WORLD OF DX
In the World of DX, be listening for Philippe, F1DUZ, using the
callsign FG4KH from Guadeloupe between the 14th and 29th of October.
You can hear him on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using SSB and FT8.
QSL to his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
In Malta, Rene DL2JRM and Robert DM7XX are using the callsign 9H9XX
during the Worked All Germany Contest on October 19th and 20th. Send
QSLs to DL2JRM.
KICKER: REMEMBERING ROCKER LARRY JUNSTROM K4EG/SK
JIM/ANCHOR: The ham world and the music world have lost a major
talent. For our final story, Paul Braun WD9GCO shares this tribute.
PAUL: Fans of classic Southern rock bands Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38
Special are very familiar with the sound of the big man on the bass,
Larry "LJ" Junstrom.
But hams also knew him as K4EB or, as his chosen phonetics went,
"Known 4 Excellent Bass." Originally licensed in 1962, a
burgeoning music career sidetracked the hobby until 1990, when he
decided to get back in and went from Novice to Extra in 10 months,
while still touring. Junstrom was active on HF, but also very active
on D-STAR as he carried a USB dongle with him on the road with the
But its the music he helped create with 38 Special that brought him
fame and endeared him to fans all over the world. Fellow rocker Jim
Peterik of The Ides of March and formerly of Survivor, co-writer of
38 Special's biggest hits, had this to say about his old friend.
JIM PETERIK: He was just a classic Southern gentleman and an amazing
bass player. We just got along really, really well -- everybody
loved the guy. He's going to be missed by everybody that knew him.
So when I finally got the final mix of "Hold On Loosely," -- you
know, I gave 38 Special a demo of it, and of course my bass playing
is pretty primitive -- and I get the final mix and he's "walking!"
What "walking" means in bass language is [hums example]. And at the
end, LJ starts "walking" and at first I'm going, "Man, that's really
old-school, man!" and I called him and said, "What'd you do that
for?" and he said, "Man, that's just what I'm feelin'." And I went
back and listened to it, and it's my favorite part of the song now.
PAUL: Larry Junstrom became a silent key on October 6, 2019. He was
70. For more about his ham radio experience, listen to Ham Nation
episode #4, when he was a special guest.
Nearfest at 9am Friday morning, no rain or wind.....good crowd!
Nearfest weather is predicted to be decent on Friday, a change in the weather forecast. Good news....the NE
Patriots may be 6-0 after last night but sure don't look like a
championship team. Gronk made his debut as a sports announcer, what
can I say? He is a clown, a wealthy one.....Space Weather
Woman video....I received an email informing me the 75 meter
swap net I heard the other night was part of the North Carolina SSB
net, nice bunch of guys....I was listening on 75 yesterday and
I saw a huge spike on my spectrum scope....and who might it be?
Nope, not the infamous "Mud Duck" from the Cape Cod Canal but the
immense signal from Don- BXB, no wonder they call him the "Bodacious"
one...Nice signal Don, 40 over 9 from Cape Cod to here on Cape
Your sister didn't pick up her toys up like I
asked her to, look at her now!
Amateur radio operator faces fine for blocking other
The In Compliance website report a New York amateur radio
operator is facing the prospect of a major fine from the U.S.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for deliberately
interfering with other radio amateur operations.
The case against Harold Guretzky of Richmond
Hill (Queens), NY is outlined in a Notice of Apparent Liability
for Forfeiture issued by the FCC in early October. According to
the Notice, Guretzky repeatedly caused interference to a nearby
amateur repeater in 2017 and 2018, thereby preventing other
amateur licensees from using the repeater and prompting the
filing of “numerous” complaints with the Commission.
Despite several verbal and written warnings from agents of
the Enforcement Bureau, Guretzky continued to interfere with the
repeater until at least December 2018. In addition to preventing
other amateur radio operators from conducting legitimate
communications, Guretzky also reportedly made threatening
comments to other operators. These actions led to the
Commission’s decision to propose a penalty in the amount of
$17,000 against Guretzky in connection with his violations of
Read the Commission’s Notice of Apparent Liability in
connection with Guretzky.
Ohio Sheriff Observes and Participates in ARES Simulated
In Greene County, Ohio, one
public official not only observed the ARES Simulated
Emergency Test (SET) this month but participated in it with
Greene County ARES (GCARES).
Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer, KX8GCS (“Greene County
Sheriff”), checked in when the Resource Net Control, Bob
Baker, N8ADO, of Beavercreek, called for volunteers.
Although the suggested scenario called for only using
simplex, GCARES used the Xenia Amateur Radio Weather Net (XWARN)
repeater to reach out for as many volunteers as possible.
Net volunteers then switched to a simplex tactical net to
communicate with the GCARES Command Center.
Before the SET, Fischer let Greene County ARES Emergency
Coordinator Henry Ruminski, W8HJR, know that he planned to
participate in the SET to determine how well his handheld
radio would perform in an emergency situation. While he
found it okay for getting into the resource net, it was less
than adequate for effective simplex operation.
Sheriff Fischer had an intense introduction to ham radio
in the spring of 2017 when the Dayton Hamvention® moved to
Xenia, and his department dealt with traffic control and
other issues created by the influx of more than 25,000
At the urging of several hams, Fischer subsequently got
his license, and his wife became relicensed. Fischer has
since upgraded to General.
Ruminski said the SET was “relatively successful.”
Signals could have been better from some locations, but most
stations were able to communicate with command, he said.
Lessons learned will be used to improve future emergency
communication plans. — Thanks to Henry Ruminski, W8HJR
THURSDAY EDITION: I heard a pretty good swap net on 3938 last
night, not sure if it meets weekly or monthly. Some good items for
sale.....Nearfest start tonight with camping and the fest is on
Friday and Saturday, it looks like Saturday is the pick of the
litter in regard to weather....
Lamps at a ham fest? Turns out they are 2/440 j-pole lamp antennas....not
a bad idea!
Pitcairn Island DXpedition
On September 29th, the following was posted on the Pitcairn
Island DXpedition VP6R Web page
We are pleased to announce our pilot station network for the
Pitcairn Island DXpedition.
Our pilot station system is in place to relay your reports,
concerns, and advise to us through our pilot stations. Initially,
the information most important to us will be when we are being heard
in your area. This is especially true if there are openings to more
than one geographical area at the same time and one of those areas
has strong signals that obscure stations calling from the other
areas. We need to attend to those weaker signals and your reports
will help us do that.
With time your band and mode needs will be relayed to us through
our system. Constructive criticism is welcome as well. Our system is
somewhat "Eurocentric," with north, south, east, and western Europe
each having a representative in our system. We do this because needs
for a VP6 contact are greater in Europe and European signals may be
"under" stronger signals from other geographical areas.
Our chief and North American pilot is Jerry, WB9Z. He will be
supported by JJ3PRT, OG2M, R7LV, G3XTT, EA3AKP, IK0FVC, NP4G, ZS1C,
Please go to our Pilots and Off-Island Team Members page for more
details. We want you in our log and we want you to have fun working
On October 3rd, the following was also posted: We have added
Lance, W7GJ, to our off island team. He will be our EME pilot,
helping to maximize our effectiveness on 6 meter EME.
We have also formalized our FT8 protocol. You can find the
details on the "How to Work VP6R" page. Read and study them
carefully. We also suggest you use the link on this page to read
"The FT8 DXpedition User Guide" by Joe Taylor, K1JT.
Comoros Island DXpedition
Members of the Mediterraneo DX Club (MDXC) will be active as
D68CCC from Comoros Island (AF-007) between October
21st and November 2nd.
The following was posted on their FaceBook page October 1st:
Here we are! Yes just few steps more and the multinational team of
the Mediterraneo Dx Club is ready to fire the radios with their
signals from Comoros Islands under the callsign of D68CCC.
Their usual inter-national DXped will be on air from 21st October
to 1st November. The leader IZ8CCW and the co-leader I2VGW are
checking once again all items and so you make the same at home and
Donation will be very very welcomed and QSL via IK2VUC.
WEDNESDAY EDITION: I received an email yesterday asking me
why I sat in front of a radio all day and listened around the bands?
Damn good question Sparky! I don't. I am busy during the day with
the real estate business. Although officially retired and no longer
an active Builder/ Realtor, I am still active on a daily basis
looking for potential projects and investments. I also visit my
son's cabinetmaking shop and play with his CAD software and CAD
router learning by doing little projects, visit my buddies hot rod
shop, work on projects at the local radio club building, etc. I get
most of my material for this blog from hams all over the country who
shoot me emails and I publish them each morning.
I do listen on 40/75 most nights after dinner while working in my office.
I keep an Icom 7300 on the table and usually listen to different rag
chew groups on 75 while doing paperwork, doing bread boarding
circuits, watching TV, etc.....I do not sit and listen exclusively
to the radio, it is on in the background...I have a scanner going
and two digital hotspots as well....I guess I like a a lot of noise
in the background. If I want to play radio, I go to my
shack and run the Icom 7600 and Acom Amplifier and get serious
mostly on cw on 20 meters
Last night while watching the Gold Reality shows and Mayans MC show
in the office, I had the pleasure if listening to a true rag chew
round table on 7182 run by Tom- W5RUB which happens every Tuesday
night. The ragchew session is also telecast live on YouTube live and
offers a live text line to throw in your comments and questions.
Done professionally, no jammers, and no child like excessive id'ing.
Last night the guest speaker was none other than retired FCC lawyer
Riley Hollingsworth and the Martin from MFJ. Riley spoke on the OO
replacement program he is heading up and you could ask any questions
you had...he covered it all! If you search on YouTube under W5RUB
you can replay the event and listen at your leisure.
So why the hell do I do this blog? I have the time, enjoy the
hobby, have hundreds of "ears" on the airwaves, lots of contacts in
the industry.....and I feel like it. I have been using IPFingerprint
to identify who checks my website, interesting who checks in....some
of the biggest complainers of my page and loud mouths in ham
Summary of what
Business identity and contact
details, Visitor source
(Google, campaign link,
Facebook, Google Ads, etc…),
Page views and visit duration,
Business and individual email
New UK Entry Level Licence proposed
RSGB VHF Manager John Regnault G4SWX has set out
his proposal for a new Entry Level amateur radio licence
John's proposal was posted on the RSGB-Workshop reflector and this
copy of the post has been provided with his permission:
There has been lots of discussion on this reflector and elsewhere
from amateurs that do not think that the hobby should be allowed to
change because they like things the way that they imagined that they
used to be!
The basic FACT is this reluctance to change, the desire to involve
radio clubs (stranglehold?) in the exam process and a number of
elected RSGB people who are afraid of what the membership might
think is assisting the hobby along to a slow death.
I have a really hard job justifying the VHF/UHF bands based on their
current usage. Yet I have amateurs saying that we need more repeater
channels when many of the repeaters in operation are rarely used.
There is an increasing need to attract a greater number of younger
age people into amateur radio. The current 3 tier licence regime;
Foundation, Intermediate, Full, whilst it is maintaining a steady
annual number of candidates has, over recent years seen a marked
decline in attracting younger people. In 2006 25% of Foundation exam
candidates were under 21 years of age by 2013 this had declined to
14%, today it is even lower.
I am a highly technical radio amateur, yet I see plenty of room for
people in the hobby with no technical skills whatsoever. The amateur
radio hobby embraces aspects of both technology and personal
development in communications. To date the amateur examination has
required all candidates to demonstrate an understanding of radio
technology which might be appropriate as the amateur licence permits
modification and manufacture of transmitting equipment. This
technical requirement can be a significant perceived barrier to
younger people who otherwise would like to investigate radio
communications beyond the capabilities offered by licence free CB or
PMR446 transceivers. There are many other facets of the hobby that
are about communicating and personal development in communications
rather than building and modifying radio equipment. Technical
skills, just as operating procedures, Morse if you like, can be
learnt once somebody is hooked into the hobby.
So how about this: A Proposal for a Beginner Amateur Licence
A low-power VHF/UHF (144/430 MHz) entry class 'Beginner Amateur’
• Targeted at newcomers and offering opportunity for involvement by
• Amateur Callsigns
• A relatively simple online examination with a pass certificate
issued by the RSGB.
• A clear path for further progression with the online ‘Beginner’
exam being accepted as exemption/credits for part of the Foundation
• Equipment to be used will be limited to low power, 5W output, <25W
ERP, CE approved VHF/UHF FM/Digital Voice transceivers. (To protect
other users of the VHF spectrum in the UK and nearby nations)
• Equipment to be unmodified
• Abuse identified by AROS will result in licence revocation
• Callsigns issued to use an additional letter to clearly identify
• ‘Beginner’ licensees to be permitted to operate amateur club
stations under supervision of a full licensee.
• Process administered by RSGB with weekly updates provided to Ofcom
• Launch initiated by RSGB including outreach by local radio clubs
to forge links with youth organisations.
• RSGB to investigate whether ‘Beginner’ amateur licence could be
accepted as part of personal development and training by established
youth organisations (Scouts, Air Cadets etc)
• Minimal cost of administration for Ofcom
• The training and development of communications skills by young
people taking up a ‘Beginner’ amateur license will ensue additional
benefit to ‘UK plc’.
Vital work of WWV at Fort Collins, Colorado
Broadcaster KUNC reports that a little-known radio station in
Fort Collins might one day save the world
An array of radio towers sits behind security fences amid farms
and pastures north of Fort Collins. This is home to WWV, the
country's oldest radio call letters. The station's
high-frequency broadcasts can be heard around the globe if you
have the right kind of radio.
Now playing: pulsing sounds, every second, followed by an
announcement of the exact time.
The station is run by the National Institute of Standards and
Technology in Boulder, which is home to the atomic clock. WWV is
capable of more than telling time. It could, if need be, save
"Could be," said Elizabeth Donley, chief of NIST's Time and
Frequency Division. "It's an important part of our work."
This year the station conducted communications exercises in
coordination with the Department of Defense. Thirty-seven
states, National Guard units, emergency management agencies and
others participated in simple announcements. They were meant to
see how many listeners are out there and how far away they can
be reached. The answer: there are thousands of listeners as far
away as Australia and New Zealand.
Mark Jensen, a civilian planner with U.S. Northern Command, the
military's homeland security operation in Colorado Springs,
called WWV a "most essential asset to our nation."
Should an emergency arise, volunteers would jump into action.
They're part of a program the military dubs MARS, which stands
for Military Auxiliary Radio System. While jokes abound that the
operators should not be confused for Martians, their work is
serious. It's doomsday stuff, like responding to the aftermath
of a nuclear attack because the associated electromagnetic pulse
could wipe out most communications.
Listen to program and read the full story at
Arctic aurora surprise
Who needs sunspots?
Yesterday, the spotless sun sparked an outburst of Arctic
auroras right in the middle of Solar Minimum.
A crack opened in Earth's magnetic field, exposing our
planet's magnetosphere to the solar wind. The resulting display
of Northern Lights took forecasters and sky watchers by
Learn more about this phenomenon on today's edition of
Tokelau Islands ZK3A DXpedition Ceases Operation Early
Due to the illness of a
ZK3A Tokelau Islands
DXpedition team member, the operation has shut down
a couple of days ahead of schedule.
“ALL TEAM MEMBERS ARE FINE!” said an announcement on the ZK3A
website. “A person on the island is ill. So, they have sent the
boat there early to get this person medical help. The team has
ceased operations and [is] packing up all equipment to get on
that boat, because there will not be another boat for ten days.”
The announcement did not identify the ailing team member.
As of October 8, ZK3A had logged approximately 50,000
contacts in 7 days of operation on CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8, and EME,
as well as 10 contacts on slow-scan TV. The DXpedition had been
Milwaukee Radio Amateurs’ Club Celebrates Centennial of ARRL
Members of the Milwaukee Radio
Amateurs’ Club (MRAC)
celebrated the radio club’s 100th anniversary of ARRL
affiliation during the 2019 ARRL Central Division Convention,
held September 27 – 28. The convention, held during the HRO
Superfest, was hosted by Ham Radio Outlet at its Milwaukee
MRAC was formed in January 1917. In 1919, after World War I,
ARRL introduced the concept of having local radio clubs
officially affiliate with ARRL to formalize a network for
relaying message traffic from coast to coast. MRAC was granted
ARRL affiliation on December 5, 1919, as one of a group of 10
clubs. In 1970, MRAC was recognized as the only one of that
first group of clubs that was still active, making it the oldest
MRAC sponsored the first-ever ARRL Central Division
Convention in 1928, and it organized an ARRL National Convention
in 1948. The club produced a
in 2017 that recounts its rich history.
MRAC today has a full calendar of annual activities that
include regular club meetings featuring speakers and
presentations covering a variety of topics. The club
participates in ARRL Field Day each June, conducts regular
license exam sessions, and holds an annual swapfest. A group of
club members are currently developing an Amateur Satellite
station and related resources, which they plan to use to support
a local school as part of an educational outreach program. Club
members are also Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®)
volunteers, supporting public service communication for events
throughout the region and during emergencies.
The MRAC affiliation centennial attracted members and guests
for a celebration during the Central Division Convention banquet
on Saturday, September 28. Those attending included ARRL Central
Division Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA; Vice Director Carl
Luetzelschwab, K9LA; Section Managers Patrick Moretti, KA1RB
(Wisconsin); Ron Morgan, AD9I (Illinois); and Jimmy Merry Jr.,
KC9RPX (Indiana), and ARRL staff members CEO Howard Michel,
WB2ITX; Marketing and Communications Manager Kathleen Callahan,
and Product Development Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R.
Michel, Carlson, and Luetzelschwab honored the club by
presenting a plaque to MRAC Club President David Schank, KA9WXN,
on behalf of the ARRL Central Division.
TUESDAY EDITION: Yesterday was a no radio zone day. I cleaned a
gutter on the back of the house and started putting the flower beds
to rest for the winter, and watched a movie. Prime Video offered the
movie "The Love Letter" for free this month and it has a little
history with us. This movie was shot in Rockport in 1999, as have a
dozen more, and at the time we owned the Linden Tree Inn and one of
the young female actors stayed with us for a month. My youngest son,
Tim, just out of college...and work...got a job in the movie as a
technical assistant (which means he was a grunt and did whatever the
hell he was asked to do and was on call 24 hours a day. The
stars were Tom Selleck, Kate Kapshaw, Ellen DeGeneres,....and the
girl that stayed with us was named Julianne Nicholson. The movie
sucked but it showed the beauty of Rockport and pretty much showed
how life is here....twenty years behind times. Tom Selleck asked my
son to sneak him someplace out of Rockport for a drink because he
was going stir crazy without anyone else knowing....so he picked him
up that night, he was staying just down the street in a rented condo
on the ocean. When he got there Ellen was with him and Tim drove
them both out to Salem, MA for a clam dinner and drinks. My son said
he had a ball and Ellen was a riot....and he got a free meal. Tim
gained 10 pounds that month, food is provided on the set 24 hours a
day when filming....and I mean good food, prime rib, etc......Yes, I
got to meet Tom Selleck in person, his hot water heater shit the bed
and I got a call from a fellow inn owner to go look at it. He
answered the door in shorts and an armless t-shirt and looked just
like "Magnum"...down to earth guy. The owner had just opened the
unit up from the winter and in his excitement of renting it to Tom
Selleck, turned on the winterized hot water heater's electricity
before turning on the water---fried the hot water element. Simple
repair....and Tom drank Rolling Rock beer!
regarding the repair we made to the radio club beam:
A common problem with Mosley antennas is element to boom
slippage. To cure this a simple muffler clamp placed on
the boom a short distance from the element with the
threads facing the same direction as the element clamp .
then take a copper pipe hangar with the series of holes
in it cut the hangar end off so you now have 2 straps
with many holes in it Place the straps on each element
clamp thread so the are floating on the threads. You
cross over the 2 straps and attach to the muffler clamp
so the straps are under the clamp. it works this way
for every action there is a opposite reaction , the
crossed straps cancel each other out.
you can also use this on a rotor to mast situation where
you want to keep the mast from slipping in the rotor .
clamp on the mast to crossed over straps to the 2 top u
bolts on the rotor.
I have been doing this here at nr1r for 35 years and all
elements on my 9 hf monoband yagis are perfect 73 ray
amateur radio buff to NASA's go-to guy
ABC News article about radio
amateur Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI says
'NASA considers this 80-year-old radio buff part of
the astronaut family'
ABC News say:
To NASA personnel, he is VK5ZAI. To his neighbours
at Pinks Beach, a small coastal town in South
Australia, he goes by Tony.
In his 30-year association with the US space agency,
Tony Hutchison has been called upon to help in times
of crisis, moderate calls between astronauts and
their families, and run a worldwide schools program.
He's shared a beer with first commanders, had
barbecues with mission specialists, and watched the
space shuttle launch from the bleachers at Kennedy
Looking back, it's a life he never expected.
Mr Hutchison, 80, fell in love with radio at age 10,
had his amateur radio licence by 21, and became
involved with satellite communication a few years
In October 1992 he made his first contact in space —
cosmonaut Anatoly Solovyev U6MIR onboard the Mir
Read the well-illustrated ABC story at
Coaxial cables summary
All radio amateurs use coax and
often quite a bit of it. Not only is it used for
connecting between units in the shack, but it is
also used, normally as the feeder of choice for
taking the transmitter power to the antenna and
conversely the received signals from the antenna to
The performance of the feeder is crucial to the
overall performance of the station. It is easy to
lose significant amounts of power between the
station and the antenna. Even a modest run of cable
can see losses of 3dB and more dependent upon the
length, frequency and the performance of the coax.
Coax can be surprisingly expensive, especially
when long runs are required. Understanding the key
aspects of coaxial cable as well as hints and tips
for its use can ensure that the optimum choice is
made for the coax, it is used in the best way, and
also installed in such a way that it lasts as long
Read more about the key aspects of coaxial cable
from the basic way in which it works to aspects like
velocity factor, loss, and installation etc
AO-7 to enter full illumination period
October 9, 2019
On or about October 9,
AO-7 will enter a period of full
illumination that will last until approximately
During this time, the satellite's onboard
timer should switch it between Mode A (145 MHz
uplink / 29 MHz downlink) and Mode B (432 MHz
uplink / 145 MHz downlink) every 24 hours.
To check or report the satellite's current
mode, please see the AMSAT Live OSCAR Satellite
Status Page at
Reporting observations during the first few
days of the full illumination period will be
helpful for determining the approximate time of
the daily mode change.
Historical information on AO-7's systems,
including the functioning of the 24 hour timer,
and operational plans can be found in the AMSAT-OSCAR
7 Technical Operations Plan And Experimenter's
Guide, available at
Anna Brummer, N2FER, Feted on her 105th Birthday
When she turned 80, Anna Brummer, N2FER, of
Fort Edward, New York, predicted she would live
to be 100. On September 27, she topped her own
forecast by 5 years, as she celebrated her
birthday at the Fort Hudson Nursing Center,
surrounded by family and friends. The only thing
she wanted was a drink of Scotch whiskey, and
the nursing home obliged, along with a slice of
cake. Unit Manager Donna Hopkins
told Post Star
newspaper reporter Gretta Hochsprung that she
didn’t attempt to put 105 candles on Brummer’s
cake because it would have been a fire hazard.
Brummer told Hochsprung that the secret to
longevity is being nice to people.
“Keeps you young when
everything’s going smooth,” she told the
Anna Brummer was a latecomer
to Amateur Radio. In 1984, her son Richard, K2JQ
(ex-K2REB), got his mom and his dad, Edwin,
interested in Amateur Radio, and Anna obtained
her Technician license when she was 69 years
old. Edwin Brummer, who died in 1996, was N2FEQ,
and held a Tech Plus ticket. They were married
for 56 years.
Anna Brummer was born in the
Bronx and went on to work as a sales clerk at
Kresge’s, making $12 a week. When Kresge’s
folded, she became a school cafeteria worker in
Massapequa on Long Island.
Richard Brummer, who described
his mother as “very loving,” said she definitely
has a will to live.
No official records are kept,
but Anna Brummer is among a small circle of
centenarian radio amateurs in the US and may be
the oldest woman now holding a license. Cliff
Kayhart, W4KKP, of South Carolina, appears to be
the oldest active US radio amateur at 107.
Arlene “Buddy” Clay, KL7OT, lived to be 103.
MONDAY EDITION: What's new in ham
radio? Well Nearfest is
this Friday and Saturday in NH which means it should be pouring out
by Thursday night followed by cold and brisk winds. Also the
Friendly Fools are having a shindig at the Mountain down south, oh
boy what wholesome back slapping fun that will be! I bet they are
still looking for the hidden pictures....
The Ecocapsule is the luxury solution to this problem, a
portable, fully self-sufficient mobile home that you can park in any
remote area your wanderlust desires and live off-the-grid. It’s like
camping, except not at all, because you’ll never be without
electricity or a real toilet.
Fitting up to two people, the Ecocapsule’s 88 square feet layout,
featuring a kitchenette, folding bed with mattress, desk/dining
table, cabinets and full bathroom, takes the
tiny home trend to the next level.
Designed to leave no ecological footprint, the mobile home
doesn’t need to connect to an outer power source. Instead it relies
on high-efficiency solar panels and a low-noise, extendable wind
turbine for electricity 24/7. Let's see, if I normally spend $150
a night at a hotel, I should break even with this pile of plastic in
just 586 nights.....brilliant idea!
Saturday job at the radio club in Gloucester, repaired the twisted element on
the new beam....and only
$900 for the rental lift!
Signal Identification Guide
This wiki is intended to help identify radio signals through
example sounds and waterfall images. Most signals are
received and recorded using a software defined radio such as
for first responders raises concerns
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The police chief of Alaska's
largest city hurried out of the department's glass building
after the ground began to shake. Phone lines jammed and even
police radios were spotty after a major earthquake, but his
cellphone was recently equipped with a national wireless
network dedicated to first responders.
Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll was able to reach
other officials who had the new high-speed connection after
the 7.1 magnitude quake last year caused widespread damage.
It proved to be a trial run in Alaska for the FirstNet
network, which Doll and other commanders had just signed on
to test with their personal cellphones. The crucial calls
made possible by FirstNet helped first responders set up an
emergency operations center and coordinate the response to
the Nov. 30 earthquake.
"It was just random chance that we had started sort of
testing this a little bit right before the earthquake
happened," Doll said. "I felt a lot more confident rolling
it out to the whole agency after we had that kind of trial
by fire with the earthquake with just a few phones. I was
like, 'This actually works.'"
Anchorage police officially opted in to the service in
January, joining thousands of public safety agencies
nationwide that can use the connection during emergencies
and for everyday work like communicating by smartphone,
routing officers to calls and looking up suspect information
in the field. Agencies also can tie the network to apps,
including a push-to-talk option that turns cellphones into
In Alaska, the network is seen as an emerging tool to
connect emergency responders in a massive state with scores
of tribal villages far removed from roads. High-speed
internet has been built up in remote areas in recent years,
but connecting rural communities is still a significant
challenge, even with FirstNet.
The network is secure, encrypted and off limits to the
public. But it has raised concerns among media advocates
that the secrecy shields police and others from scrutiny as
more agencies cut access to their traditional radio
Both FirstNet and AT&T, which runs the high-speed system,
say it's up to subscribers to open aspects of the network.
The communications giant didn't know any agencies that have
Launched last year, the network was established by
Congress in 2012 after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when
some police and fire departments couldn't communicate over
incompatible radio systems.
The First Responder Network Authority, an independent
federal entity, oversees it with AT&T, which plans to invest
$40 billion over its 25-year government contract.
he U.S. was the first to roll out a government-backed wireless
network for first responders, and nations like Australia, South
Korea, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are studying
FirstNet as they look to create similar services, spokeswoman April
Verizon has rolled out a similar service for first responders not
tied to the government but would not say how many agencies have
signed up. More than 7,250 departments nationwide have joined
FirstNet, AT&T said.
"I would say it's the most important network in our country
because it's serving our first responders who are taking care of us
every day," said Chris Sambar, AT&T's senior vice president for
More than half of the system has been completed, Sambar said.
In Alaska, the five-year goal is to build the network to cover
more than 90% of the population, but that still amounts to less than
half of the state's far-flung tribal lands, according the FirstNet
plan for Alaska. A half dozen rural hubs for scores of villages will
For now, nothing replaces Alaska's mobile radio network, said
John Rockwell, a state official who worked on the plan.
"I really believe in FirstNet," he said. "It's just not there
In cities like Anchorage, police have issued FirstNet-linked
cellphones to officers and equipped laptops in patrol cars with
During a recent shift, Anchorage Officer T. Scott Masten used the
network to look up photos that confirmed the identity of a man found
sleeping in a car in a church parking lot. Previously, officers
would have to drive to a substation to get that information.
"It makes my job easier; makes it much more efficient," Masten
n Seattle, firefighters use FirstNet for dispatch and for
transmitting patient health care information, among other things.
Port St. Lucie, Florida, police use it on multiple devices with no
failures yet, Police Chief Jon Bolduc said. He's interested to see
how it holds up in an emergency.
The small community of Whiteville, North Carolina, lost all
connections except for FirstNet when Hurricane Florence hit last
September, city emergency manager Hal Lowder said.
Even FirstNet started slowing down when officials tried to send
large amounts of data, so they turned to an option available to all
subscribers: equipment that turns a satellite signal into an LTE
Whiteville officials relied on the push-to-talk app to
communicate when all other systems were down. Lowder said the app
doubles as a patrol radio system — at a fraction of the cost.
"It worked perfectly, even at slow speeds," he said.
FirstNet isn't urging responders to give up traditional radios,
but that's the direction the market is heading, CEO Ed Parkinson
There's already a trend toward silencing police radios for the
public. A growing number of agencies, including Anchorage police,
have cut access to scanner radio traffic, citing safety concerns.
The move eliminates a traditional resource and oversight tool for
journalists and others.
FirstNet's lack of public scrutiny is raising concerns about
further erosion to freedom of information rights.
J. Alex Tarquinio, president of the Society of Professional
Journalists, believes a government-sanctioned service should include
a portion that's open to the media.
"The government has an obligation — because this is a public
service — to find a way to provide that information to journalists,
so journalists can continue to cover incidents and emergency
response in a timely way," Tarquinio said.
ISS SSTV Oct 9 and 10
Russian cosmonauts are expected to activate Slow Scan Television
(SSTV) image transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM from the International
Space Station on October 9 and 10
This is the schedule for the planned activation of the MAI-75 SSTV
activity from the ISS.
- Oct 9 09:50-14:00 GMT
- Oct 10 08:55-15:15 GMT
Transmissions will be sent on 145.800 MHz FM in the SSTV mode
PD-120. Once received, images can be posted and viewed by the public
ISS SSTV uses a Kenwood TM D710E transceiver which is part of the
amateur radio station located in the Russian ISS Service Module.
Please note that SSTV events are dependent on other activities,
schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and subject to change
at any time. You can check for updates regarding planned operation
ARISS SSTV Blog
AMSAT Bulletin Board
ICQPodcast - Rola Masts and Handheld Radio Programming Guide
In this episode, Martin Butler (M1MRB/W9ICQ) reviews headphones
from BHI Noise Cancelation Products, A Handheld Radio Programming
Guide and we speak to Chris Taylor from Moonraker regarding Rola
Masts, Network Radio and a Dual Band DMR Radio with Bluetooth
Connectivity to any device.
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WEEKEND EDITION: Another day in
Putting together a new mantel for the
fireplace...seashell return done on the miter box.
FCC takes decisive action against deliberate
The ARRL report a New York Radio Amateur — Harold
Guretzky, K6DPZ, of Richmond Hill — is facing a
$17,000 fine imposed by the FCC
Guretzky was issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for
Forfeiture (NAL) on October 3 for causing intentional
interference on a local repeater and preventing other radio
amateurs from using it.
“Given his history as a repeat offender, this violation
warrants a significant penalty,” the FCC said in the NAL.
The NAL recounted numerous complaints alleging that Guretzky
was deliberately interfering with a repeater in Glen Oaks,
New York. In June of 2017, the FCC issued a Warning Letter
to Guretzky, advising him of the nature of the allegations
against him and directing him to stop using the repeater
going forward. Nonetheless, additional complaints were
filed. In April 2018, agents from the FCC New York
Enforcement Bureau office drove to Richmond Hill to
investigate. Following an inspection of Guretzky’s station,
the agents advised him in writing that he was prohibited
from using the local repeater.
After the FCC received further complaints regarding
Guretzky’s continued operation on the local repeater, an
Enforcement Bureau agent again drove to Richmond Hill to
investigate. The agent monitored the VHF repeater’s input
and output frequencies and, after observing deliberate
interference to other stations, used direction-finding
techniques to identify the source of the transmission as
Read the full ARRL story at
QSO Today - Frank Howell - K4FMH
Howell, K4FMH, has a love for radio and
electronics that goes back over 60 years, but is only
now a recent licensee.
Frank serves as the ARRL Assistant Director of the
Delta Division, and avid ham radio journalist, and
He makes a great case for recruiting retired people
into the hobby by the energy, volunteerism, and
technical devotion that he discusses in this QSO
Listen to the podcast
From amateur radio social club to 50 years of disaster
Steve Landers KD4MNJ started with an amateur
radio club that felt like family, led to participation in
disaster response that continued through a lifetime of
emergencies and disasters
The GovTech site reports:
Steve Landers was about 16 years old when he joined a group of
amateur radio enthusiasts. He found a unique camaraderie within
the group and deep desire to help those in need.
Those feelings still run deep, countless disasters and 50 years
Of that initial ham radio group, Landers said, “Basically it was
a social club of two-way radio enthusiasts, but it didn’t take
long to figure out that the main interest was the support of the
civil aid unit.”
Landers has volunteered his services as part of the Macon-Bibb,
Ga., Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Volunteer Group ever
since, starting with dragging the Ocmulgee River for drowning
victims to responding to fatal traffic accidents on the
motorway, to responding to tornadoes, to participating in the
response during the devastating floods of 1994.
Read the full story at
Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2188 for
Friday October 4th, 2019
SATELLITE BECOMES AVAILABLE FOR AZORES HURRICANE COMMUNICATIONS
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We begin this week's report with a story of
cooperation in the face of a yet another hurricane. While hams
in the Azores activated their emergency network with the
approach of Hurricane Lorenzo in the final days of September,
AMSAT announced it was making amateur satellite AO-92 available
as requested by hams in the Azores. The availability of the
satellite helped bolster readiness, which also got a boost from
HF operations, local analogue repeaters and DMR. The AO-92
satellite was launched in January of 2018. In an unusual
occurrence, the hurricane crossed the Atlantic Ocean and was
headed toward Europe as an extratropical cyclone, weakening
REMOTE PACIFIC ISLAND LIGHTS UP AIRWAVES
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The Tokelau (TOKE-ALLOW) expedition is active.
Jim Meachen ZL2BHF tells us more about this team effort in the
JIM: The remote South Pacific Tokelau (pronounce: TOKE-ALLOW)
Islands have come alive with a large international team of radio
operators who are on the air as ZK3A until the 11th of October.
The DXpedition, which is taking place a little more than 300
miles, or 500 kilometres, north of Samoa, was recently approved
by the ARRL's Award Branch for DXCC credit. The hams are
operating from the New Zealand territory using CW, SSB,
Earth-Moon-Earth and various digital modes including PSK-31, FT8
and RTTY. Listen for them on 160 through 6 metres. The team
comprises 19 operators from nine nations and four continents:
North America, Europe, Oceania and South America.
Follow them on the website tokelau2019 dot com - and then start
CALIF. LIBRARY GETS TO BOOK A RADIO DATE WITH SPACE STATION
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Never mind going to the library to find a book -
how about checking out a chat with an astronaut instead? For
those details, we turn to Kevin Trotman N5PRE.
KEVIN: It's not unusual for the Sonoma County Main Library to
bring the world to visitors: all the books, videos and other
media in the Santa Rosa, California library deliver a universe
of wisdom and experience. On the first of October, however, the
library delivered the world via radio - a radio aboard the
International Space Station operated by astronaut Ken Hague
KG5TMV. In a telebridge contact sponsored by the Sonoma County
Radio Amateurs and linked with the ARISS Telebridge Station
K6DUE in Greenbelt, Maryland. Youngsters from the Santa Rosa
Middle School got to ask the astronaut a range of questions,
according to amateur radio club member Darryl KI6MSP.
The students, many of whom had been affected by the recent
California wildfires, wanted to know how natural disasters,
including the current crop of Atlantic hurricanes, looked when
viewed from space - and what it felt like sitting aboard a
rocket as it hurtled away from the earth.
Tim Bosma W6MU, director of the amateur radio ground station at
the Santa Rosa Junior College, said the college's involvement in
the ARISS contact helped spark the students' imaginations and
hopefully increase their interest in science. Of course, if
they're looking for any books on that subject, they'll be back
at the library before too long
RSGB NAMES TOP WINNERS IN 'CLUB OF THE YEAR' COMPETITION
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Three amateur radio clubs in the UK are feeling
mighty proud right now. Jeremy Boot G4NJH tells us why.
JEREMY: The Radio Society of Great Britain has announced the top
three winners in its National Club of the Year competition for
2018. Top honours went to the Hilderstone Radio Society in
Region 10, followed by the Bushvalley Amateur Radio Club in
Region 8. Third place went to Essex Ham in Region 12.
The Hilderstone society, which meets in Margate, notes on its
website that it is a repeat award-winner, having previous
received club of the year honours in its region for 2013, 2014,
and 2015. The Bushvalley club has been meeting since 2008 and
meets on the last Thursday of each month, according to its
website. Essex Ham began in 2011 developing from a website
created to assist new holders of Foundation licences and now
supports local area clubs as well.
The awards were made at the society's National Hamfest held in
Newark on the 27th and 28th of September.
OHIO AMATEUR INDUCTED INTO DAYTON BROADCAST HALL OF FAME
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Congratulations to Dayton, Ohio area broadcast
veteran Terry Lafferty, W8WLW following his induction into the
Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The radio amateur has
more than 50 years as a commercial broadcaster. He is a veteran
of WING, WHIO and WLW and most recently has been a news anchor
at WPTW. Terry was inducted late last month.
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: While we're on the subject of commercial
broadcasting, there's a welcome spot on the amateur bands where
hams gather to share their stories about their lives as DJs in
the 1960s. Let's hear more from Mike Askins KE5CXP.
MIKE: If you're a former commercial radio rock music DJ from the
60s who's rocking the airwaves now on the amateur frequencies
instead, here are two opportunities for you to "REWIND" that
classic tape. The 1960s Pop-Rock Music and TV Shows Net meets
two nights a week and after check-in, you get to share and hear
some Tales from Top 40 and engage in some friendly trivia
competition with kindred spirits. The formally directed net
meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time in the U.S.
on the W7EI-L EchoLink Node and locally on the 147.220 repeater
from Prescott, Arizona. It also meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m
Mountain Standard Time in the U.S. on the KA7LFX-R EchoLink Node
and locally on the 224.060 repeater from Tucson, Arizona.
The net began 12 years ago as a celebration of 60s era radio
rock and pop as well as TV programming from that era. John N7LQR
writes in a QRZ dot com forum that all hams are welcome but most
especially former commercial radio DJs.
IN PURSUIT OF A NEW GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Satellite enthusiasts are being encouraged to
share ideas for a new geostationary earth orbit satellite for
hams - and a forum has begun just for them, as we hear from Neil
NEIL: A new online discussion group has formed to explore
progress in getting a geostationary earth orbit amateur radio
satellite for the Americas. Participants track the progress of
acquiring a transponder that would serve IARU Region 2, which is
North and South America. This would give the region the kind of
coverage that Europe and Africa presently have with QO-100, the
Qatari (KAT-TARRY) satellite launched last November.
Bernard KC9SGV posted on the QRZ Forum that hams are encouraged
to share images and links about their satellite ground station
hardware as well as software and to share ideas about having a
similar satellite for Region 2 hams to access
AUSTRALIAN CONTESTERS GET 2-BY-1 CALL SIGNS APPROVED
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Avid contesters in Australia were just given the
green light to use two-by-one call signs. John Williams VK4JJW
fills us in on what's involved.
JOHN: The Australian Communications and Media Authority has
granted VK contest stations the right to use 2-by-1 call signs,
according to the Radio Amateur Society of Australia. The call
signs will be valid for 12 months and will be available for
holders of Advanced licenses who are participating in contests.
RASA president Glenn VK4DU noted in a report on Southgate
Amateur Radio News that a committee of experienced contesters
from around Australia presented recommendations to the ACMA
which agreed to make call signs available from VK-ZERO-A through
VK-NINE-Zed, managed by the Australian Maritime College on
behalf of the ACMA.
Glenn noted that holders of the 2-by-1 signs will be required to
achieve at least 750 contacts in a 12-month period,
participating in at least four contests. He said this would be
considered proof of the holder's commitment to being an active
SPECIAL CALL SIGN IN BELGIUM HONORS PRINCESS
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: There's a royal birthday celebration planned in
Belgium and hams can have their call signs reflect the occasion.
Ed Durrant DD5LP has the details.
ED: Radio amateurs in Belgium are being permitted to use a
special call sign prefix between the 25th of October and the
25th of December in recognition of the birthday of that nation's
Princess Elisabeth, who will be 18 on October 25th. The "OR"
prefix will be allowed as a replacement of the standard "ON" for
all individual radio amateurs and clubs but excluding holders of
shortened (contest) call signs. The decision was made by the
Belgian Institute for Postal services and Telecommunications,
granting an earlier request from the Royale Union of Belgian
Radio Amateurs. The royale union has more than 2,800 members.
WORLD OF DX
In the World of DX, Kris SP6DVP/3Z6V will activate the special
event callsign 3Z50DVP to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a
ham. He will be on the air from October 15th to April 30th of
2020. He will be using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL to his home
callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
Be listening for Maurizio, IK2GZU, who is operating from
Tanzania while working at the new hospital and orphanage until
October 28th. He is using the call sign 5H3MB while on the air
on HF during his spare time. Send QSLs to IK2GZU, direct or by
the Bureau. QSLs can also be sent to LoTW and eQSL.
Operators Ted JF1CCH and Eiji JQ1SUO will be active as JF1CCH/0
and JQ1SUO/0 from Sado Island on October 13th and 14th. Listen
for them on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL to their
There is disappointing news for DX chasers awaiting the
Dxpedition to Pajaros (puh-HAH-Ros) Rocks. It has been
cancelled. A posting on DX World noted that Three G One DX
(3G1DX) was denied the necessary permit to land on the island
and all donations will be refunded.
In Kuwait, Abdallah, 9K2GS, will be active as 9K2K during the
CQWW DX SSB Contest on October 26th and 27th. QSL via EC5AC or
KICKER: COPYING THE CODE OF FRIENDSHIP
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Would you follow your own radio signals across
an ocean to meet up with a ham friend you've known for 70 years?
Kent Peterson KC0DGY tells us about one man who did.
KENT: The two became friends almost 3 generations ago - the
retired TV engineer in the UK and the American doctor from
Kentucky. Now Ted Trowell G2HKU is 96 and living in a care home
on the Isle of Sheppey and physician Bill Maxson N4AR, who is
82, decided it was time for another eyeball QSO. It was to be
their second in more than 70 years and their first in nearly 30.
When Bill flew from the U.S. to see his friend in late September
he also had a mission to accomplish: To present Ted with a
certificate confirming his election as an Honoured Member of the
World-wide First Class CW Operators Club, an international
fraternity founded in the UK in 1938 to foster appreciation of
The two also had a lot of catching up to do: They had become
friends over the air in the 1950s in conversations shaped by
keyers and spelled out in CW. Later they took their ragchews to
SSB, giving voice to their exchanges. That hasn't changed: Ted
has been in a care home for a few years, according to several
press accounts, but still keeps up with his hobby and his friend
Bill. His room doubles as his shack and the home's managers
permitted the installation of a wire antenna.
Let the logbook show that this special September QSO was a valid
contact, achieved via the band of brothers with both operators
using the greatest mode of all: person-to-person.
FCC Dismisses Three Petitions for Rule Making Filed by Radio
The FCC has dismissed petitions for rule making filed in 2018
by three radio amateurs. All of the petitions were put on public
notice earlier this year and comments invited.
Edward C. Borghi, KB2E, of Farmington, New York, and Jeffrey
Bail, NT1K, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, submitted very
similar petitions seeking changes in how the FCC grants Amateur
Radio vanity call sign applications. Borghi’s Petition (RM-11834),
would have prohibited vanity applicants from requesting call
signs not designated for the applicant’s geographical region,
with exceptions under the rules governing call signs previously
held by family members. Borghi complained that applicants had to
compete with “out-of-area people for the few 1 × 2 or 2 × 1 or
catchy 2 × 3 call signs available in their area of residence.”
Bail’s Petition (RM-11835)
asked that the FCC give residential preference in competing
applications to applicants whose listed FCC address is within
the same district/region as the applied call sign. He cited
limited availability and increased demand for 1 × 2 and 2 × 1
call signs. The FCC dismissed both petitions in
a single letter.
“The Commission does not limit applicants for vanity call
signs to requesting call signs assigned to the region of the
applicant’s mailing address, except for call signs designated
under the sequential call sign system for Alaska, Hawaii,
Caribbean Insular Areas, and Pacific Insular Areas,” the FCC
pointed out. “When the Commission established the vanity call
sign system in 1995, it rejected a proposal to restrict vanity
call sign applicants to call signs designated for the region in
which the applicant resides,” because it would restrict a given
applicant’s choice of vanity call signs to 10% or less of those
The FCC also noted that a limitation based on an applicant’s
place of residence “could easily be circumvented by using a
mailing address in another call sign region.”
In denying the petitions, the FCC concluded that no need
exists to require vanity call signs to correspond to a
licensee’s mailing address, “given that call signs do not
automatically change when a licensee moves, and a licensee’s
mailing address is not necessarily the location from which he or
she is transmitting.”
“The Commission rejected this proposal again in 2010 for the
same reasons,” the FCC said. “The records before us do not
demonstrate any changed circumstances or other reason that would
warrant revisiting this decision.” The FCC further pointed out
that vanity applications received on the same day are handled by
a random selection batch process, making it impossible to
identify in-region vanity call sign applications and process
them ahead of other applications for the same call sign.”
The FCC also
turned away a Petition (RM-11833)
from Jerry Oxendine, K4KWH, of Gastonia, North Carolina, who
asked the FCC to clarify that states and localities should have
no authority to regulate Amateur Radio with respect to enacting
“distracted driving” statutes. Oxendine argued that such
statutes violate FCC rules on scope and operation of equipment
by licensees; violate the intent of the FCC and Congress with
respect to Amateur Radio’s role in disasters, and hinder
emergency operations using mobile equipment.
In denying the request, the FCC took issue with Oxendine’s
assertion that the strong federal interest in promoting Amateur
Radio communication should preempt distracted driving laws. The
FCC said it received about 20 comments supporting Oxendine’s
“Laws that prohibit talking on handheld communications
devices while driving do not preclude or unreasonably obstruct
mobile use of handheld two-way radios,” the FCC said in denying
Oxendine’s petition. “These laws apply to the use of handheld
devices while driving. A driver can comply with these laws by
using a hands-free attachment or by parking the vehicle prior to
using a handheld device, both of which are contemplated by our
rules regarding two-way radios.”
The FCC said, “The record before us does not demonstrate that
state and local laws that prohibit talking on handheld devices
while driving stand as an obstacle to amateur communications or
actually conflict with federal law in any way.” The FCC further
noted the lack of any express preemption or argument that
Congress has “occupied the field” of regulation with respect to
distracted driving statutes.
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Registration is “On Track”
With just a couple of weeks to
go before Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)
event on October 18 – 20, JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND,
nearly 200 US stations have registered
their intentions to participate.
“Over the last few years, we’ve typically had around 300
stations registered before the weekend,” Wilson told ARRL. “So,
we’re on track.” Wilson noted that Icom America is providing an
ID-51A Plus2 VHF/UHF D-STAR portable to encourage stations to
submit after-event reports. A drawing will select the recipient.
“Band conditions aren’t expected to be any better than
they’ve been for the past year, but the enthusiasm will be
there,” Wilson predicted, “and local VHF-UHF can work as well as
the D-STAR and [VoIP modes].” US participants wh
THURSDAY EDITION: How many
hams in your
town?.....A shame that B17 crashed in CT, that plane was visiting at
the Beverly Airport a few towns away from here a few weeks ago. RIP
to the passengers and pilots as well as the loss of a piece of
military aviation history....I had a qso with Donnie Anderson- N4TAT
in GA last night on 75 meters, quite an interesting character and
was involved in the 14313 scene years ago. We talked about some of
the main players of the time, cripes, they are almost all SK....
Bouncing ham radio signals off the Moon
Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about
bouncing amateur radio signals off the moon
One of the great things about ham radio is that isn’t just one
hobby. Some people like to chit chat, some like to work foreign
countries, some prepare for emergencies, and there are several
space-related activities. There are hundreds of different kinds
of activities to choose from.
Just one is moonbounce, and [Ham Radio DX] decided to
replicate a feat many hams have done over the years: communicate
with someone far away by bouncing signals from the moon.
Read his post at
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Call for Proposals
New Proposal Window is October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education
institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to
host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS.
ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between July 1,
2020 and December 31, 2020. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will
determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact
opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw
large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a
well-developed education plan.
The deadline to submit a proposal is November 30, 2019. Proposal
information and documents can be found at
Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate
in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are
approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact
with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.
An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via
Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space
station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford
education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from
astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn
about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have
an opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless
technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human
spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the
ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate
changes in dates and times of the radio contact.
Amateur Radio organizations around the world with the support of
NASA and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe present
educational organizations with this opportunity. The ham radio
organizations’ volunteer efforts provide the equipment and
operational support to enable communication between crew on the ISS
and students around the world using Amateur Radio.
For proposal information and more details such as expectations,
proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of
Information Webinars, go to
Please direct any questions to
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies
and the space agencies that support the International Space Station
(ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur
Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL),
the ISS National Lab and National Aeronautics and Space
The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM) topics by
organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members
aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forms. Before
and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and
communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur
radio. For more information, see
Liberal wingnuts in California fire ham radio.......Rain and foggy today, looks
like a good day to get on the air for a bit....
Major enhancements to the Sotabeams Wolfwave
The WOLFWAVE Advanced Audio Processor offers
a huge range of facilities to improve radio reception in
difficult and noisy situations.
The latest firmware release for this innovative product adds
new functionality for SSB and CW users as well as those with
new binaural mode goes well beyond the simple "binaural"
implementations in many transceivers (which is generally just a
delay or phase shift) to deliver a truly immersive "sound field"
for the CW operator.
Using an artificial head model, different tones appear to come
from different directions, giving a whole new way for signals to
be differentiated. Three separate modes are available to
experiment with, each being fully adjustable.
SSB users had requested notch filtering for intereference
such as ADSL carriers. SOTABEAM has implemented 10 notches with
bandwidths as low at 100 Hz and very sharp edges. The notches
are shown on the WOLFWAVES spectrum display making them easy to
adjust for optimum performance.
with age-related hearing are already catered for with a
sophisticated system that just requires them to enter their age
and sex to benefit from a median hearing loss correction.
New with this firmware release is a left/right balance
facility to help people with assymetric hearing loss.
The new firmware is available for all users to download at:
WOLFWAVE is available direct from SOTABEAMS in the UK and
from agents in many other countries. Details at:
IARU Administrative Council Steps Up Efforts to Combat Radio
The International Amateur Radio
Administrative Council (AC) met on September 28 and 29 in Lima,
Peru, to conduct a final review of IARU preparations for the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19).
The Council’s annual meeting took place just ahead of the
triennial IARU Region 2 (IARU
R2) General Assembly. Responsible for IARU policy
and management, the Council consists of the three IARU
international officers and two representatives from each of the
three IARU regional organizations.
WRC-19’s lengthy agenda includes items of direct interest to
the Amateur Service, including consideration of improvements to
the 50 MHz amateur allocation in Region 1, protection of
existing amateur allocations, and development of the agenda for
the next WRC in 2023. IARU volunteers and member-societies have
been working for the past 4 years — since WRC-15 — to influence
proposals from national telecommunications administrations and
regional telecommunications organizations (RTOs) that will be
considered at WRC-19, which gets under way late this month in
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
“IARU efforts have reduced the number of potentially damaging
proposals that otherwise might have been offered for
consideration, but several challenges remain,” IARU said in a
news release. “A small team of IARU observers will attend WRC-19
and will work with amateurs and friends on national delegations
to reach the best possible outcomes.”
Looking beyond WRC-19, the AC plans to increase its
commitment to influencing the work of standards organizations,
particularly the International Special Committee on Radio
and its participating national committees. IARU cited “the
rising level of radio spectrum pollution caused by unnecessary
and unwanted emissions from electronic devices, such as wireless
power transfer for the recharging of electric vehicles (WPT-EV),
is a serious threat to radiocommunication services including the
Council participants engaged in an extensive discussion to
identify the principal challenges facing Amateur Radio and how
the IARU and its member-societies might better address them.
Upgrading of the current websites of the IARU and its three
regional organizations is under way and should be completed in
the coming months. The AC also adopted a Brand Guide to
ensure a common identity across the IARU organization.
The Council’s next in-person meeting will take place in
October 2020, just prior to the IARU Region 1 Conference in Novi
Sad, Serbia. Virtual AC meetings are also planned beginning in
December 2019 and January 2020.
Attending the meeting were IARU President Tim Ellam,
VE6SH/G4HUA; Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR; Secretary
David Sumner, K1ZZ; regional representatives Don Beattie, G3BJ;
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T; Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM; Ramón
Santoyo, XE1KK; Wisnu Widjaja, YB0AZ, and Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP.
Region 2 Executive Committee member George Gorsline, VE3YV,
attended as an observer. — Thanks to IARU Secretary David
A green flash on Venus
You've heard of green flashes on the sun. But green
flashes on Venus? They're real, and now is a good time to
Venus is just emerging from solar conjunction. This means
that seaside photographers can capture the rare flashes as
Venus sinks into the waves not far behind the sun.
Pictures of an actual green flash on Venus and observing
tips are featured on today's edition of
Bidding in ARRL Online Auction Begins on October 17
More than 230 items will go on
the block as bidding begins on Thursday, October 17, at 10 AM
EST (1400 UTC) for the 14th Annual
Auction. The auction will continue through
Thursday, October 24, closing at 10 PM EST. An auction preview
opens on Monday, October 14.
The 2019 auction includes lab-tested QST “Product
Review” gear, vintage books, used equipment, and one-of-a-kind
items, plus the ARRL Lab team has contributed four of its very
popular “mystery boxes.”
Some premier “Product Review” items up for bid include the
Elecraft KAP 1500 legal-limit HF and 6-meter linear amplifier,
the Icom IC-7310 HF and 6-meter transceiver, the Palstar LA-1K
160 – 6 meter amplifier, the FlexRadio Systems FLEX-6400M HF and
6-meter SDR transceiver, and many more items.
The auction will also offer items donated from the popular
television series Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen,
an actual radio amateur who portrays the fictional Mike Baxter,
KA0XTT, in the show, which has featured ham radio in some
Among book offerings in the auction are the “sold out”
2019 Handbook Boxed Set, a special defense edition of The
Radio Amateur’s Handbook from 1942, and a 1949 ARRL
Proceeds from the annual Online Auction benefit ARRL
education programs. These include activities to license new
hams, strengthen Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®)
training, offer continuing technical and operating education,
and create instructional materials.
All bidders must register (your arrl.org user ID and
password will not work on the auction site). If you have
registered for a previous ARRL Online Auction, you may use the
same log-in information. If you have forgotten your user ID or
password, click on the “Help” tab for instructions on how to
retrieve these credentials. Make sure your correct address and
other information are up to date. The auction site only accepts
Visa and MasterCard.
TUESDAY EDITION: That cruise ship that
visited Cape Ann yesterday had 2000 tourists on it and a crew of
1000 and was 1000 feet long, quite a site!....
Decoding Numbers Stations article available free
The article Decoding Numbers Station by Allison McLellan
which appears in the November 2019 issue of ARRL's QST magazine is
available for free download
Download the article PDF from
Belarus Team Dominates 16th IARU High-Speed Telegraphy World
The team from Belarus
dominated the 16th High-Speed Telegraphy (HST)
World Championship in mid-September, sponsored by the
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). Belarus came away
with more than two-thirds of the medals, with several other
countries’ teams sharing the rest. Representatives of 19
countries participated in the championship, which took place
in Albena, Bulgaria, sponsored by the Bulgarian Federation
of Radio Amateurs.
Belarus team member Stanislau Haurylenka, EW8GS, ran up a
score of 291,597 points, to top the old world record of
288,671 in the male RufzXP category. The top speed
achieved during the attempt was 943 characters/minute or 195
WPM. Teodora Karastoyanova, LZ2CWW, set a new female record
in the event, with 293,877 points and a maximum speed of 943
characters/minute or 195 WPM. Last May, she set an official
female record in the Romanian Championships with 286,944
In all, 60 male and 30 female competitors took part in
the events, which included reception of five
letter/figure/mixed groups for a period of 1 minute
according to the software provided, transmission of five
letter/figure/mixed groups for a period of 1 minute, and
“radio amateur practicing tests,” using RufzXP
software for call sign receiving, and Morse Runner
for pileup receiving.
The HST competition also includes entry categories for
“young” males and females (age 16 and younger) and “junior’
males and females (up to age 21).
results as well as the world record list are
Hurricane Lorenzo: Radio hams in Azores respond
As hurricane Lorenzo approaches the Azores the amateur radio
emergency network has been activated
Amateur Radios will be active with the Government and emergency
Local analog and DMR repeaters, both in VHF and UHF, satellites and
We ask all stations to give way for emergency traffic coming in and
out of the Azores islands (CU, CQ8, CR8, CS8 and CT8 prefixes).
VHF – Priority Communication Systems (Repeaters) – Faial Island
1 – VHF Repeater (R0) (Cabeço Gordo): 145,600; Shift: -600 kHz;
Tone: 123 Hz (coverage Faial Island, Pico and S.Jorge)
2 – VHF (R7) repeater (Pico Verde): 145,775; Shift: -600 kHz; Tone:
123 Hz (west side cover Faial island)
3 – UHF Repeater (Cabeço Gordo): 438,800; Shift: -7.6 MHz; Tone: 123
4 – Alternative: direct frequency 145,500
UHF – DMR Digital Repeater
DMR Repeater – Faial Island (east side coverage of Faial Island and
west of Pico Island)
RX Frequency: 438.300 TX Frequency: 430.700 MHz
Slot2 – TG 26867 (Faial)
Slot1 – TG268 for outdoor communications
HF – Inter-Island Links
1 – 80 meters – 3,760.00 MHz. – 3,770.00 MHz. – 3,750.00 MHz.
2 – 40 meters – 7,110.00 MHz. – 7,100.00 MHz. – 7,060.00 MHz.
3 – 20 meters – 14,300.00 MHz. – 14,310.00 MHz. – 14,320.00 MHz.
(Communications with the outside)
New England Hams
you might run across 75
Jon....Editor of As The World
,Only cuts lawn in August, plows
snow the rest in Jackman, Maine
Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big
motor home, electronics software
Neil...Living large traveling
the country with his
Igor....peddles quality Russian
keys, software engineer
cars and radio gear, nice fella...
going, Harley riding kind of
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can
be found at most ham flea market
...Cobra Antenna builder..
Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who
cooks on the side at
of the Hosstrader's original
organizers, 75 meter regular,
Roger....75 meter regular, easy
going guy, loves to split
cordwood and hunt...
Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
Barry- the picture says it all,
he loves food!
Bob....the Mud Duck from the
Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of
Matthew...75 meter regular...our
token liberal Democrat out of VT
meter Regular......residing on
the Cape of Cod, flying planes
and playing radio
Meter Regular....teaches the
future of mankind, it's scary!
of Davis-RF....my best friend
from high school
going ham found at all the ham
Linux....fine amateur radio op
....wealth of experience...
talented ham, loves his
politics, has designed gear for
W1KQ- Jim- Retired
Controller...told quite a few
pilots where to go!
The 3936 master plumber and
Computer Tech of 3936...multi
talented kidney stone passing
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod,
construction company/ice cream
shop, hard working man....
Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience
in all areas, once was a Jacques
Cousteus body guard....
Bill- Used to work for a bottled
gas company-we think he has been
around nitrous oxide to long .
Graham...one of the good 14313
guys back in the day.
Mort...Air Force man
Low key gent can be found on
many of the 75 meter
Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts
going, computer parts selling,
New England Ham..
Jack....3936 Wheeling and
Dealing......keeping the boys on
regular, wealth of electronic
Mack....DXCC Master, worked them
all!.. 3864 regular for many
Hu....SK at 92... 3864
regular for many years...
Dave....Loves to fly
Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10",
of the 3864 group
Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned
every radio ever built!
Dan....far from easy going cw
and ssb op on 14275/313
Loved ham radio....